In a multiple representation situation, there are some restrictions.
Remember, the Brokerage is actually the agent, so any two members of the same Brokerage can activate the multiple representation situation.
You will come across the restrictions in the Buyer Representation Agreement, the Listing Agreement and the Confirmation of Cooperation and Representation.
All three documents include the following:
The Seller hereby acknowledges that the Listing Brokerage may be entering into buyer representation agreements with buyers who may be interested in purchasing the Seller’s Property. In the event that the Listing Brokerage has entered into or enters into a buyer representation agreement with a prospective buyer for the Seller’s Property, the Listing Brokerage will obtain the Seller’s written consent to represent both the Seller and the buyer for the transaction at the earliest practicable opportunity and in all cases prior to any offer to purchase being submitted or presented.
The Seller understands and acknowledges that the Listing Brokerage must be impartial when representing both the Seller and the buyer and equally protect the interests of the Seller and buyer. The Seller understands and acknowledges that when representing both the Seller and the buyer, the Listing Brokerage shall have a duty of full disclosure to both the Seller and the buyer, including a requirement to disclose all factual information about the Property known to the Listing Brokerage.
However, the Seller further understands and acknowledges that the Listing Brokerage shall not disclose:
• that the Seller may or will accept less than the listed price, unless otherwise instructed in writing by the Seller;
• that the buyer may or will pay more than the offered price, unless otherwise instructed in writing by the buyer;
• the motivation of or personal information about the Seller or buyer, unless otherwise instructed in writing by the party to which the information applies or unless failure to disclose would constitute fraudulent, unlawful or unethical practice;
• the price the buyer should offer or the price the Seller should accept; and
• the Listing Brokerage shall not disclose to the buyer the terms of any other offer.
However, it is understood that factual market information about comparable properties and information known to the Listing Brokerage concerning potential uses for the Property will be disclosed to both Seller and buyer to assist them to come to their own conclusions.
Where a Brokerage represents both the Seller and the Buyer (multiple representation), the Brokerage shall not be entitled or authorized to be agent for either the Buyer or the Seller for the purpose of giving and receiving notices. (in bold print)
Brian Madigan LL.B., Broker